Thomas Jefferson Papers

George Divers to Thomas Jefferson, 23 July 1817

From George Divers

Farm[ington 2]3d July. 1817.

Dr Sir

Your letter of the 14th June was recieved some time ago. in1 making out my answer to your bill, I avail myself with great satisfaction of the very friendly offer it contains, to dispense with the legal formalities customary in Chancery proceedings. my2 bad health and preparations for a long absence from home, with a view to recruit it deprives me almost of ability or leisure to attend to any thing else. I have therefore, in the way you propose, answered to the best of my knoledge the interrogatories in your bill, and added a few remarks upon some other points of it which I thought my duty to the company compelled me to notice.   sincerely your friend

George Divers3

Tr (DLC: TJ Papers, 211:37585); with Tr of enclosure subjoined; entirely in TJ’s hand; mutilated, with portion of place and date of composition supplied from ViU Tr; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esq.” Tr (ViU: TJP-LBJRC); in a clerk’s hand. Enclosure: Divers’s Answer to Interrogatories in Jefferson v. Rivanna Company, [ca. 23 July 1817].

1ViU Tr: “I.”

2ViU Tr here adds “present.”

3DLC Tr: “Diver.” ViU Tr: “Divers.”

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